Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - LatestNews
Anti-drug Committee Recruits Scott

- By: CBC Sports

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Cross-country skier Beckie Scott has aligned herself with the World Anti-Doping Agency in her continuing crusade against drug use in sport.

Scott, 30, consented Tuesday to joining WADA's athlete committee chaired by hockey Hall of Famer Viacheslav Fetisov.

The 13-member committee was formed to better address the concerns of athletes regarding doping.

Scott, from Vermilion, Alta., was the first North American to win an Olympic medal in women's cross-country skiing, finishing third in the five-kilometre pursuit at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games.

But she was upgraded, first, to the silver medal, then, to the gold, when winner Olga Danilova and runner-up Larissa Lazutina were disqualified for using a performance-enhancing drug.

Both Russian skiers tested positive for darbepoetin, a drug that boosts the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to muscles.

Scott, who finished just 17.8 seconds behind Danilova, remains an outspoken advocate of drug-free sport.

She even went so far as to chastise WADA for not doing enough to curb the use of banned substances by elite athletes, saying: "Doping is a problem in our sport (but) inadequate testing for doping is an even bigger problem."

Source: CBC Sports, with files from CP Online

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